Occupational Exposure to COVID-19; OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard Interim Final Rule (6/21)

AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Department of Labor. ACTION: Interim final rule; request for comments. SUMMARY: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is issuing an emergency temporary standard (ETS) to protect healthcare and healthcare support service workers from occupational exposure to COVID-19 in settings where people with …

COVID-19: OSHA Emergency Standard to Protect Healthcare Workers (6/21)

US Department of Labor’s OSHA issues emergency temporary standardto protect health care workers from the coronavirusOSHA also releases new guidance for all industries WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced it will issue an emergency temporary standard to protect healthcare workers from contracting coronavirus. The …

CDC NHSN LTCF Weekly Healthcare Personnel & Resident COVID-19 Vaccination Page UPDATED (5/21)

Weekly health care personnel (HCP) & Resident COVID-19 Vaccination Weekly COVID-19 Vaccination Data Reporting Long-term care facilities can track weekly COVID-19 vaccination data for residents and healthcare personnel (HCP) through NHSN. Training Updates to Reporting Weekly COVID-19 Vaccination Data – May 2021 pdf icon[PDF – 2 MB] Training slides covering weekly …

Staff Recruitment: How to Stand Out From the Crowd

While many nursing homes thankfully are no longer in crisis staffing mode, recruiting staff remains a top priority in a highly competitive job market. “Staff recruitment breaks down into meeting two overarching challenges,” says Julie Osborne, director of recruitment at Powell, OH-based LeaderStat. “First, how do you attract quality staff? …

Potential Trend Alert: SNFs Sued re: Alleged False Five-Star Data for Nurse Staffing (3/21)

Note from staff: This lawsuit, brought by the now director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, not only alleges problems with the discharge process, it alleges that SNFs submitted false data to Five-Star, specifically nurse staffing data.   Attorney General Becerra Sues Nursing Home Chain for Misrepresenting …

CMS Will Use Resident Acuity to Target Weekend Surveys for Nursing Homes With Potential Staffing Problems, and Other Staffing News From the OIG (3/21)

CMS Use of Data on Nursing Home Staffing: Progress and Opportunities To Do More (OEI-04-18-00451) The OIG has made four key recommendations related to staffing that CMS concurred with. These recommendations state that CMS should: Provide data to consumers on nurse staff turnover and tenure, as required by Federal law To …

CMS QSO Memo: Five-Star Updates, Staff Counts, FAQs, and Access to Ombudsman Updated (3/21)

Note: The Access to Ombudsman information is highlighted in red in the memo, but that is what was revised in July. The new updates focus on the updated Q&As under the section, Individuals Entering and Leaving Nursing Homes. Nursing Home Five Star Quality Rating System updates, Nursing Home Staff Counts, …

New OSHA National Emphasis Program Targets Include Nursing Home Workers/COVID-19 Safety (3/21)

OSHA launches program to protect high-risk workers from coronavirus, focuses on employers that retaliate against workers with safety concerns WASHINGTON, DC – In response to President Biden’s executive order on protecting worker health and safety, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched a national emphasis program focusing enforcement efforts on …

AHRQ: High Nursing Staff Turnover in Nursing Homes Offers Important Quality Information (3/21)

High nursing staff turnover in nursing homes offers important quality information Gandhi A, Yu H, Grabowski DC. Health Aff (Millwood). 2021 Prior research has found that high nursing staff turnover is associated with lower patient safety culture. Starting in July 2016, the Centers for Medicare &  Medicaid Services (CMS) began collecting daily …